20 August 2019 by Lucy Pegg

People news round-up (20/08/19)

With news on: New managing director for phs Wastekit; Machinex director to retire; Assent Compliance recruits waste expert; Bioenergy Infrastructure Group makes senior appointments, and; Andusia hires new logistic administrators.

New managing director for phs Wastekit

Baler specialist phs Wastekit has appointed a new managing director as it looks to offer ‘end-to-end’ services for clients.

Jason Smith will become managing director of phs Wastekit

Jason Smith joins the company with 16 years of experience in the plant and tool industry, as well as in retail management. He plans to lead business growth and meet the waste management needs of clients effectively by offering a more comprehensive service.

Mr Smith explains: “Traditionally, Wastekit may have rented or sold a machine to a company and that would be the end of the journey for us. However, we are looking to partner with local recyclers to offer a complete service to customers so they’re not only baling or compacting their waste, it’s collected as well.

“This potentially becomes a revenue generator for customers as recyclers will often pay to collect the waste, making it an attractive financial proposition as well ensuring waste is recycled which is the right thing to do from an environmental perspective; it makes sense for us as a business and our customers.”

In addition to its core industrial, manufacturing and retail customer base, phs Wastekit has plans for cross-sector expansion within the HORECA, leisure, food manufacturing, education and health sectors.

Machinex director to retire

Fred Prins is retiring after ten years at Machinex

Equipment supplier Machinex’s director of international business development is to retire at the end of August.

Fred Prins has worked with Machinex for the past 10 years, having spent over 40 years working in international business development. He said that developing the UK market – which now has numerous plants in operation and pending – was the “crowning achievement” of his career.

Mr Prins plans to retire to his summer home in Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Straits to fish and spend time with his wife and dog.

He will help his son as a business consultant on occasion and welcomes the opportunity to advise and consult with companies in the industry on a temporary basis.

Assent Compliance recruits ex-Defra official

Assent Compliance has recruited an ex-Defra expert as its new regulatory expert.

Steven Andrews has joined Assent Compliance

Steven Andrews – who was formerly Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division at Defra – will be advising Assent’s global clients on product compliance related to environmental legislation.

Mr Andrews’ most notable work at Defra includes developing policy around the restriction of hazardous substances and the WEEE directives.

“As new environmental laws connected to product compliance are introduced, Steve is the perfect addition to our expansive team of regulatory experts,” said James Calder, VP of Compliance and Regulatory Programs at Assent.

“With his vast experience in the world of legislation, policy, and the origins of these topics, Steve brings a fresh perspective for our clients and partners concerned with environmental compliance issues.”

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group makes senior appointments

Energy from Waste (EfW) and biomass power producer Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) has appointed Ben Williams as head of transactions and Helena Barrett as head of strategy.

Mr Williams will lead the conversion of the company’s pipeline of opportunities to expand the asset platform, as well as supporting ongoing funding activity. He was previously an Associate Director at Gravis Capital Management.

Ms Barrett will be unlocking value from BIG’s existing platform and optimising opportunities as the platform expands. She joins from John Laing, the listed infrastructure investment fund company.

Commenting on these recent appointments, Neil Bennett – Chief Commercial Officer of BIG – said: “We are delighted to welcome Ben and Helena to our growing team of sector professionals. With their wealth of expertise and experience, they will provide welcome additional senior capacity and help us to drive forward our expansion plans.”

Andusia hires new logistic administrators

Andusia has hired two new logistics administrators as it seeks to increase SRF export and move into the hazardous waste market.

Danielle Dee (l) and Jen Groves (r) have been hired as logistics administrators by Andusia

Danielle Dee and Jen Groves will manage daily logistics in their new roles, managing customers and their transportation requirements, as well as ensuring reliable shipping.

Ms Dee has previously worked as a PA for an interior design company, whilst Ms Groves has been working in pension administration for the past year.



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